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Dancing in the Streets: A Short Interview With Motown's Saycon Sengbloh

Danny Groner | Posted 02.13.2014 | Arts
Danny Groner

In addition to offering a host of new songs to go alongside the nostalgia, the show gives a wonderful glimpse into the ups and downs of Berry Gordy's quest to make this "black music" transcend and be accepted by audiences of all races, ages, and locations.

Restoring the Playground

Gwen Gordon | Posted 02.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Gwen Gordon

My dog Macy is normally a pretty happy-go-lucky mutt. On our daily walks she greets every stranger like they're her long lost buddy -- all wags and ki...

'My Daughter Needs to Make a House for Her Fairies... Right Before Bed!'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Before the advent of electronic diversions -- video games, ipads, cell phones and "educational" computer games -- children's imaginations provided hours of entertainment.

The Key to a Successful Relationship: Have One With Yourself First

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

In short, you want to get on the path to loving yourself. Do things for yourself that feel good. When you feel good, you radiate goodness. Everyone else wants to be around you and you do not lose yourself in relationships.

Let's Play Shopping!

Molly Rosner | Posted 01.30.2014 | Media
Molly Rosner

Perhaps ironically, the toys that parents are pushing each other out of the way to buy are themselves aimed to train the shopper in the fine art of mayhem and competition.

An All-Star Cast In Beth Henley's Macabre New Play

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

If you like Southern Gothic with a large helping of murder and mayhem, shrouded in mystery, and expertly acted by an all-star cast of four stage veterans and one newcomer, you won't want to miss Beth Henley's new play The Jacksonian.

Turning Traditional Learning on Its Head Through Play

Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary

The Atteridgeville I know deserves the world's attention once again. In particular it deserves the attention of educators, policymakers and, of course, parents for the advances it is making in the area of quality learning.

Kid's Sports Are a Time for Learning Not Fighting

Coreen K. Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Coreen K. Lee

It's not just the coaches. Sometimes parents misbehave too. Yelling from the sidelines to "trip him" or "kick his ass" as their youngsters are on the field. Not cool. Especially when kids are so young.

I Love This Bard: A Short Interview With Improvised Shakespeare's Blaine Swen

Danny Groner | Posted 10.29.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

On the spot, at each of the five performances, the troupe will perform a fully-improvised and original play in Elizabethan style to the audience's delight.

'Grasses Of A Thousand Colors': A Review

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.29.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Wallace Shawn's play Grasses of a Thousand Colors, which opened last night at the Public Theater, is basically a very long shaggy cat story - absurdis...

The Snow Geese: Fighting On

Danny Groner | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

Those drawn to The Snow Geese for the star at the center of it, Mary-Louise Parker, might be disappointed to discover a vulnerable, careless woman whose demons have been exposed after the untimely death of her husband.

Playing Our Way to Wisdom

Gwen Gordon | Posted 12.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Gwen Gordon

Like meditation, after play the world looks brighter, clearer and more delightful.

Dr. Toy's 10 Tips for Learning and Fun©

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 12.11.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Children benefit from having a wide variety of activities including reading, playing games, solving puzzles, doing creative projects, building with construction toys, listening to music and being active outdoors.

Yoga for Kids: No More Zombies!

Rowan Lommel | Posted 12.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Rowan Lommel

I've taught lots of kids in my life. I think I've taught kids of all ages, from 3-year-olds to teenagers. Everyone is different. But kids naturally want what yoga offers: a sense of clarity, a sense of peace. And we can't have peace with zombies about.

Bad Jews: Family Matters

Danny Groner | Posted 12.09.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

When written and performed at their best, plays are brutally honest and raise critical and complicated issues. That's why so many plays take place within a tight family unit -- on a small, cramped stage, all of the secrets come out.

Play Ball! The Lifelong Power of Play

Rachel Adelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

What can we do to support our ability to play well into old age? Isn't it time to develop new games for older adults that go beyond such stimulating staples as Bingo?

Help Is Near

Christine Eilvig | Posted 12.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Christine Eilvig

At the certification party for my Spiritual Mentoring Program in June I got very beautiful gifts from my students. And my helpers were also celebra...

Hey, Teachers, Leave Those Kids Alone

Mark Rice | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Mark Rice

Middle-school kids are at an age when they need to start learning how to negotiate a complicated world. Every day they experience a whole host of emotions that they can barely comprehend. Recess is a perfect time to sort some of this stuff out.

The Glass Menagerie: A Spectacularly Broken Family

Danny Groner | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

From the opening minutes of The Glass Menagerie, you must accept that you'll be spending 150 minutes with a difficult family full of sad and disappointed people.

Learning to Play Again

Robin Raskin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Robin Raskin

The truth is kids' toy sales -- digital or otherwise -- are hurting. Why? In part, it's because kids are overscheduled mini-adults who can't find time for a game of Chutes and Ladders between ballet and Mandarin classes.

'A Dismal Autopsy Of A Durable Classic'

Rex Reed | Posted 11.28.2013 | Arts
Rex Reed

Is there anyone who pretends to know anything about the theatre who has not seen or read The Glass Menagerie? It's the production that counts, and there have been entirely too many to count.

Restoring Peace to Syria's Children Through Play

Johann Koss | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Johann Koss

As the world searches for a solution to the fighting in Syria, we must remember that peace is not only measured by the absence of war. For child refugees, who are among the most vulnerable bystanders of conflict, peace is about having the opportunity to be a kid again.

Why Scheduling Play Can Make You Happier

Lissa M. Cowan | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lissa M. Cowan

When we think of playtime as a must-do, we make it possible to approach our lives with greater joy and happiness.

A Theatrical Group Smells Success Beyond Their Years

Danny Groner | Posted 11.12.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

If the NYU Steinhardt production of Sweet Smell of Success is any indication, the future of New York City theater is bright.

Dr. Toy Talks About the Power of Construction Toys

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 11.03.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

The world-renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, wrote in his autobiography, "The maple-wood blocks are in my fingers to this day. These primary forms and figures were the secret of all effects which were ever got into the architecture of the world."